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Polka Dot Blouse

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Recently, polka dots have been back to the trend.  I also own several pieces of black and white polka dots that I typically wear as casual wears.  Several weeks ago, I spotted this polka dot blouse in dark nude and navy, from Ann Taylor’s sale section.  I immediately purchased it.  I got it in XS and the style is a bit loose.  Because of the darker color tone and it is a blouse, I feel that this piece could be styled for work.

 

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Super Hot Weekend in San Francisco

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It is grilling in the Bay Area this weekend.  Over 100 degree Fahrenheit in San Francisco is so not typical.  Since the majority of San Francisco homes don’t have air-conditioner, I tried to get out of my apartment, and stayed at some places with AC or near the water.  I went to Crissy Field in the afternoon to chill and had a mini picnic there.  It was also very nice to stroll along the pier, to feel the breeze.  I was wearing this green tweed pattern shorts that I bought a few months ago from Banana Republic.   While looking for accessories in my drawer to match my outfit, I found this pair of green leave earrings that I received from Fling a while back, that the color tone goes well with my shorts.

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Bell Sleeve is Making a Statement

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Bell sleeves have been the trend for a while, and also making a statement to the whole outfit.  I also want to incorporate that into my work wears, since it will add more interests to a simple top.  This leaf navy top that I am wearing is from Ann Taylor.  It has a bit of loose fit.  I paired with a matching green tone pencil skirt.  Since I am a petite figure, I always prefer to tuck my top into my skirt or pants, not only I can show my waistline, and visually I look taller.

  • Top:  Ann Taylor
  • Pencil Skirt:  Banana Republic
  • Shoes:  Tahari

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear to a Chateau Wedding

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Summer goes pretty quick,  and it is already the last weekend of July.  I have been enjoying the summer in San Francisco very much so far.  This weekend, I am going to start to prepare and pack for my upcoming trip to Europe….in few days!!  I will be there for two and a half weeks, and I will also attend a wedding in a Chateau near Paris.  I am looking forward to it.

While I am still deciding what to wear to my friend’s wedding, I found that this yellow leaf lace dress in my wardrobe could be quite suitable for a summer wedding, or an outdoor cocktail event.  Also, the leaf cutout brings up the wedding theme in a subtle way.  I am always a fan of bright color dresses, so this yellow tone dress could be a repeat for my summer events.  I am wearing a petite 00 from Banana Republic, and the length is perfect for me, I don’t need to make any alteration.  This is similar to a shift dress.  The style of the waistline is a little bit loose, but it still shows the curvature line of the dress.

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Classic Striped Dress

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I bought this navy striped dress last year from J.Crew Factory Store, and I have been wearing it quite often.  One of the reasons is that this classic dress is such a versatile piece that I can wear it in different occasions throughout the year.  Here I am showing how I style it in two different ways.

Dressy look —  Although striped clothing sometimes could be a misconception that it is casual, with some accessories and proper shoes, it could change the look.  I added a belt to make it a bit dressier and formal, and I am wearing it with heels.  This also could be a work outfit.

Casual look — I am pairing it with white sneakers and camel scarf to create a neutral, comfortable and relaxed look.  Since this outfit will be worn mostly during the weekend for me, I added a red bag to lighten up the vibe.

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Orange Ruffle Dress

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This weekend’s temperature was rising up, which was not that typical for San Francisco weather.  Actually I kinda like it because we don’t usually have real summer in here.  Typically, no matter how warm the afternoon is, when the sun is out, a jacket is needed.  Strolling at night without wind and a jacket is rarely happened.  But this past weekend I was still fine only wearing a summer dress at night.

I am more a dress and skirt girl, so my wardrobe is always full of dresses.  This orange dress that I am wearing here, I got it from Banana Republic few months ago.  The sleeveless and silky material are perfect for the summer heat.  There is a layer of ruffle at the front that adds an extra detail to the dress.  I am wearing a size 0, but the length is too long for my 5’2″ figure.  So I needed to cut out 3 inches.   The dress is not only elegant that i can wear it to dinner and nightout, and the vibrant orange color is also perfect for any summer cocktail parties and outdoor parties.

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Tokyo Trip (Part II)

Continuing from the previous post…here are some more highlights of my Tokyo trip:

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We wanted to have a view of the Tokyo city from high up, so we decided to go up to the Mori Tower.  We went to the 52nd floor, the City View, it is surrounded by full height glass wall.  Felt a bit shaky when I stood right against the window.  We were pretty lucky that it was a clear sky despite it was raining two days before.  We also went up to the roof deck for a better view, as expected, super windy.  Since a complimentary ticket to the Mori Museum on the 53rd floor is also included, we took a quick tour.

 

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Omotesando area is one of my favorites.  It is another shopping hub with upscale fashion shops, haute couture boutique shops, young designer brands, trendy cafes, and pop-up shops.  Architecturally, a lot of the shop interiors and facades are very interesting with detailed design.  There are few shops and malls are designed by star architects.  For example, Omotesando Hills, Prada, Hugo Boss, Tod…etc.  The overall vibe, I would say it is not as luxury as Ginza, but not as young as the adjacent district Harajuku.

 

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The famous busy pedestrian intersection (some referred it as the busiest in the world)–Shibuya Crossing.  It was quite interesting just to stand at one of the street corners and watch people cross when the light turns green.  Within a minute, the intersection was jammed and people were crossing the intersection from all different directions.  The space of the intersection is huge, larger than a typical intersection.

  • Jean jacket: Rag & Bone
  • Dress:  American Eagle
  • Shoes:  Adidas 
  • Belt: Coach

 

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Tokyo Trip (Part I)

I came back from my Hong Kong and Tokyo trip few weeks already and I have been delaying my post.  In Hong Kong, mainly I met up with friends, ate, and hung out.  Since I lived and worked in HK for almost five years, I didn’t do any tourist activities, nor exploring new neighborhoods.

I also traveled to Tokyo and spent there for a week.  Japan is always one of my favorite countries to visit, and I had been there several times, almost each time to different cities.  I am a huge fans of sushi, so eating was almost the main activity for me.  This was my third time visiting Tokyo.  Not to mention the metropolitan vibe and the food that I really like and enjoy, I also love that how every neighborhood in Tokyo has something going on. Each area feels like a city hub to me–with shopping malls and restaurants everywhere.

Here are some of the highlights and photos that I took when I was there (National Art Center, Ginza Six, and Asakusa):

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Besides eating a lot, I finally visited the National Art Center for the first time.  The full height undulating glass wall is amazing.  It is brightening the space with lots of natural light.  Inside the space, there are three floor levels.  No matter where you stand, you still can get a very good view of the exterior space.  The photo above was Yayoi Kasuma’s exhibition.

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The Ginza Six department store, in Ginza, was just opened a week before we arrived (I found out when I was there).  It was extremely packed.  The interior space and finishes looks pretty luxury and well designed.  At that moment when I was there, the central atrium had Yayoi Kasuma’s art installation.

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Asakusa Area — I would say this is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Tokyo.  There is a long and crowded shopping street that leads to Sensoji Temple.  The entrance gate to this street is Kaminarimon.  In this street, shops are selling souvenirs and Japanese food, like a food stall.  This street is not wide and is always packed with tourists.  In term of the actual length, is not that long.  But because there are many distractions, people and shops, it took us almost two hours to get to the temple.  Right across from Kaminarimon, it is the Tourist Information Center, by architect Kengo Kuma, one of my favorite architects.

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Packing for Trips

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The past weekend I started to pack for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong and Tokyo.  I am leaving this Thursday for two weeks.  Since I have a busy work schedule during weekdays, so I packed over the weekend.  When it comes to packing for trip, it is always a long and thoughtful process for me.  I am not that type of person who is able to pack light.  Although always attempted to try, but……!!  Also, it depends on the destinations and the activities.  For Hong Kong, I know I will be meeting up with friends and dining out a lot; for Tokyo, I will be shopping, sightseeing, dining, and strolling around.  So, I like to prepare, mix and match my outfits for each day.  That includes shoes, bags, and accessories.  Somehow, I always pack more outfits than I actually need.  I usually would prepare extra outfits for activities that I might do (but might not).  Such as……maybe I will go for a hike? to the beach? or heels to parties and drinks?  Does this scenario sound familiar to you?  Do you have any tips on packing?

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Spring Blooming

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Finally back to sunny and warmer weather the past two weekends, despite of few week nights of heavy rains.  My mood usually gets better during sunny days, and I finally feel that I am in the Spring season and wearing lighter clothing.  At the moment, it is also the cherry blossom season.  You can visit Golden Gate Park and see the blooming cherry trees.  The past Sunday, I attended the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown, which I had not been for many years.  It was packed with people.  Traditionally, besides the music, games, shopping for souvenirs, Japanese food was the biggest attraction.  I went there with an empty stomach since I wanted to try their food stalls.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any of them because all the lines were way too long.  I was too hungry to wait, so just had some bits in a nearby restaurant.

I always like to add some colors to my outfit, especially during the Spring season, and here I am wearing an orange loose sweater.  I am pairing it with a pair of black and white pattern sloan fit pants and silver heels.  I can wear this outfit to work, since my firm doesn’t require me to wear very formal attire.  Or in a causal weekend, I can change my heels to flats, and strolling in the park.  I like to wear loose sweater, not only it is comfortable, but I can also play around with different styles.  Here, since the sweater is hip length, I half-tuck the front part into the pants and roll up the sleeve to 3/4 length to create the polished look.